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>> and now, "bbc world news." >> scraps. nuclear reactors at fukushima close for good after a pounding from the earthquake and then tsunami. the syrian president is expected to speak to the nation after a protest leaves many dead. and britain and america consider all their options. welcome to "bbc world news." i'm peter. also in this program, the italian prime minister is expected to visit the african area visited by many migrants.
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>> japan is to de commission four of the reactors. tokyo electric power made the announcement three weeks after failing to bring reactors one to four under control. harmful levels of radiation have been detected in the area. the bbc's mark worthington told me owe -- how worrying these radiation levels are. >> they are the most concerning we've had outside the reactors. much higher than anything seen in the vea water until now. suggesting the radioactive material is somehow leaking out. an indication that there's a dispersal 16 kilometers to the south they have been much lower, but elevated levels all
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adding to the growing concern that this might have some kind of impact on japan's crucial fishery. >> so this is far from being under control. >> yes. and tepco has used almost that phrase saying they cannot say reactors one to four are at this stage under control. they are stabilizing slowly, they say, but because it's such a difficult task and because it's gone on so long and because they believe there's been a part of meltdown and because if you've seen the true scale of destruction, they cannot see any way there's any future for those four reactors, shutting them down. but there are two others that are not as badly damaged and they will canvas the opinions of local people before making a
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decision on the future of those. >> thank you. president al shir ba had of syria is expected to make his first appearance today since a demonstration in which 60 people were killed. there's speculation that he may announce an end to five years of -- five decades of emergency law. crowds took to the streets show their support -- for him. in damascus, we have our correspondent. >> as you just mentioned, on top of the agenda, the expectations are towards lifting the state of emergency that has been enforced for nearly 50 years. and this is not enough for many syrians. they want toe see things immediately on the ground. and not son-in-law promises and words. but also regarding the state of
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emergency law, it is to be lifted when and how? and what discuss it include? and will there be any exceptions? these are all questions raised in anticipation of today's speech. they are all supporters of president assad but even his supporters are calling for more freedom and immediate changes and his opponents are waiting to see if he is going to deliver his promises. we've seen last thursday, his advisor came out to announce big packages of reforms, but the next day he had protesters arrested and had some of them shot even. so today in syria, facing unrest for the first time in such numbers in history. >> do we know or can we speculate, lena, how much
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genuine popular support the president still has across the country? >> well, there is definite support. he is popular among a lot of people. he is young and had reform in which he did indeed introduce. he did make a change, as syria would be today is different than years ago. on an economic level. but on a political level it is much the same. people will say they are repressed and people are punished for their opinion. but there's hope today that he will change and today is going to be surprising. >> that speech is scheduled to happen in a little over two hours. we'll carry it live here on "bbc news." >> and president obama said he
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is not opposed to supply help to the rebels. the u.s. stepped up their military campaign overnight firing more than 20 tomahawk cruise missiles at a weapons site at a storage facility in tripoli. >> for two days they've race -- they've raced back and forth. organized and supplies, their gains have proved agile while air strikes gave them confidence. their poeten as i is there even though they have lack of weapons. >> it's fair to say if we wanted to get weapons in libya, we probably could. we are looking at all our options at this point. >> in london a cavel kade of more than 40 countries met and
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planned what a post gaddafi libya might look like. some wondered if gaddafi could be persuaded into exile. but they are looking at upholding the resolution. >> the arms embargo applies to the whole of libya, though they might allow equipment to be given to people purely to defend themselves in a limited way. but we have not taken decision to do that. >> as gaddafi supporters celebrated yesterday's advances, this conflict is looking more finely balanced. anti-aircraft like these may dominate libyan skies but so far their mission has been to protect the civilians, not fight their battle for them.
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but ebbs and flows and stalemates becken. they may decide airpower alone is not enough to turn the tide. jack, "bbc world news." >> well, the advancement has been halted by forces loyal to gaddafi. ben brown is in a strategic coastal town held by the rebel. he gave us this update on where the government forces might plan to move next. >> well, they could just come down this highway. but it depends on what the rebels do to stop them. this fighting really is ebbing and flowing every day. it's very difficult to predict how it's going to go all the time. gaddafi forces have heavier firepower but the rebels have more passion and no doubt about that as they have -- in the last couple of hours have been sending convoys and can a
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tushya rocket munitions to the front lines. in the last hours the rebels fought hard in the town of bin jawad. head to retreat from there
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yesterday. then they retreated in somewhat of a form of disarray and panic. >> the first coalition country to strifpblgte one week gone, and it's still targeting libyan forces we saw the proof. empty bomb bases and missiles fired. these people just returned from a six-hour mu nice, and already they are being reloaded and
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ready to fly out again. it gives you a sense of the unrelenting situation of this mission. it's brought britain and france closer together, but no one knows how long this will take. >> how much longer? >> ha, that's the question. no idea. genuinely. >> another day closes and another day often french war planes leaves for libya. and still no certainty on how this will end. >> ok. let's talk about business news this hour. aaron first with tepco shares, nationalizing a company. >> this is getting a bumping, if you will, by investors. it fell a further 18% since the double disaster in japan. tepco power company supplies 1/3 of power to japan has
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fallen by more than $30 billion wiped off the market value of this company. big problem for tepco and probably one of the reasons why we're hearing more and more nationalization will probably have to be. because not only does this company have to rebuild the infrastructure that it's lost in terms of generating power, but also the compensation claims that are expected from the thousands of businesses and households, and at the end of the day it probably can't afford it. it already has a $92 billion debt and the cost to ensure that debt has just risen by tenfold. so big problems for tepco. >> thank you. more in about 15 minutes time. still to come, south asia comes to a stand still as india meets pakistan for a place in the world cricket fight.
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now today marks the 30th anniversary of the attempted assassination of the then u.s. president ronald reagan. the gunman john hinckley shot the president outside a hotel leaving him with life-threatening injuries. we report. >> an ordinary day becomes a moment in hizzry. -- in history. six shots fired from a few meters away. president reagan is practically thrown into his car. the gunman is mobbed by police and secret service. three men fall. cut down by gunfire. the president's car speeds away. in the car the secret service man with him checks him over. he seems fine. the word goes out over the secret service radio. >> he is ok. >> they head to the hospital
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but the president has blood coming from his mouth, bright red and he looks poor. it was his behavior inside the hospital that changed the way americans looked at their president. >> this was true reagan, cracking jokes, funny one-liners. being heroic in the face of death. americans like a cowboy. they like a guy who can laugh at death and it played huge role in separating the politics from the man. >> ronald reagan would serve two full terms and leave office with speck tacklerly high approval ratings. there was of course much more to his approval ratings than the assassination, but this marks the beginning of the reagan legend. bbc washington. >> more news whenever you want it on our website at you can follow us also on
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facebook and twitter. you're watching "bbc world news." top stories so far. japan is to de commission four stricken reactors as radiation leaks. and the u.s. and u.k. are considering all their options about international intervention. the italian prime minister silvio burial sony is expected to visit the island of the african area where hundreds from tunisia and elsewhere have been arriving overnight. san taxpayer conditions on the island are now desperate. >> this is the tiny island of lamb pa deucea. there are now more migrants than locals. more than 6,000 have fled for
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this. rubbish everywhere. san taxpayer -- sanitary conditions described as dire. we're sleeping on the ground. the food and cigarettes are bad. it's tiring and stressful. the authorities say they are struggling to cope with the influx of migrants. the italian navy will transfer many to camps on the mainland. for many of the lock lings, that can't come soon enough. >> they stay here and behave badly. there are 6,000 migrants and only 5,000 of us. there are more of them, and we've done what we can to help. but this is what happens when some of the migrants reach the camps on the mainland. they head for other countries throughout europe, and the flow of migrants to europe shows no sign of stopping. these are some of the latest
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arrivals from libya. reaching force in this area. europe faces a growing crisis. no answer likely, and growing chaos. >> south asia is probably not watching "bbc news." they are probably watching something else. >> probably a cricket match between india and pakistan because they are in action in the second semifinal in the cricket world cup. the prime ministers of both countries are at the match. a huge security operation under way. it's pretty much come to a stand still in those countries to watch the match. let's find out what it's like there. the roar of the crowd when the players turn up, what's it like being there? >> it's an incredible atmosphere. only about 2,000 people have
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managed to get tickets to watch the game. selling for up to 10 times the actual market price. there's a huge crowd to my right. they are cheering every ball. this has been billed as a massive game. all the people coming to the game this morning. many outnumbered and delighted about being in india. >> it's clearly a big cricket match. but in terms of politics as well, india playing pakistan. both prime ministers in the same place shaking hands before the match started. what does that mean? >> that's right. it's a very significant move by leaders because of deadlock that's tpwhn place since the attack in mumbai. the attack blamed on a
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pakistani group. now they are trying to raise goodwill and both prime ministers shaking hands before the game. they will be -- no one's expecting any major break throughs. they do think a very significant move has been need bridge the trust and break the ice. >> i'm interested in whether they are many pakistan fans around but after the attack on the sri lanka cricket team, that had been taken away from them. are there many fans around watching this with you? >> there are quite a few fans around. they have all gathered at any available television set they can. we're in a market. 10 a couple of shops have placed tv sets in their windows. there are massive crowds around them. very few people at work.
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everyone trying to get a glimpse of any of the matches for as long as they can. an excitable mood and one many think will last. >> a fascinating day's play. i'm sure you will enjoy watching it. india won the toss. now it's 3 after three points. we'll keep you up to date in sports today. >> we'll talk to you then. thank you very much. for the past 10 days the most serious escalation of violence in and around gaza since the hamas in gaza two years ago. civilians and chirp were killed in attacks. now a look at the smoldering conflict that remains unresolved. >> gaza has not gone away.
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these are pal -- palestinian middle tenants attacking israel last week. only occasionally do they hit their target. but for israel it means danger, fear, and pressure for the government to act. and in gaza, israel's air strikes provide a bigger sting. in terms of casualties, it's palace who have come off worse. some are militants. some are not. [screaming] >> at the gaza hospital, dr. abu shows me around. >> 9 years old, you see, and she has severe crush injury, and the yuren, you see. the kids. 14 years old. >> he was injured by israeli shelling while he was playing football. his brother was also hurt. four of their relatives were
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killed. >> can you imagine how a mother feels, she asks. >> israel says they have been trying to avoid civilian casualties. though this building behind me was struck at night and actually an abandoned hamas complex. it was totally devastated, but there were no serious injuries here. but a few inches to the side there's a school. >> none of the students were here at the time. but there's still a cost. so why is all this happening now? this month there have been protests in gaza calling for palestinian unity between hamas and its rival, fatwa. some believe neither israel nor palestine want this to happen. >> joining a group of disabled soldiers who want to trek to the north pole for charity.
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they will have to cope with temperatures of minus 40. >> traveling to work in the arctic. i'm spending this week following a team of injured british servicemen who set their sites on skiing to the north pole. walking with the wounded started 18 months ago. this friday they'll de part for the polar icecap and their patron, prince harry, will go with them for the first two days. he's been training to be a pilot not an athlete, but now has his brother's wedding to worry about. >> i might give it some thought. but i'm here for these guys and these guys alone. >> we've asked why he's chosen to go along with his wounded servicemen for charity? >> i've got something i can relate to these guys.
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i've been there and they have been there. but also with william's visits we've done and with my father. it's really nice to see the amount of support that's coming from back home as well. >> the norwegian archipelago is the perfect place for a final preparation. the polar bears here outnumber the human population. >> prince harry and the team of wounded soldiers chose the most inhospitable part of the world, the arctic. and it's by no means certain they will all make it to the north pole. but every one of the team said despite their life-changing injuries, they are determined to go all the way. frank gardner, "bbc news." in the high arctic. >> more news 24 hours a day. check out our website, also on the website, our top story, japan de commissioning four reactors at the fukushima
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plant. tokyo power making that announcement three weeks after the earthquake and tsunami hit the coast. >> hello and welcome. >> see the news unfold, get the top stories from around the globe and click-to-play video reports. go to to experience the in-depth, expert reporting of "bbc world news" online. >> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. newman's own foundation. the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation. and union bank. >> union bank has put its global expertise to work for a wide range of companies.
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